If you ask any NFL fan, they will say that a running back is not really worth a first round pick anymore. There is one man in the NFL that would probably beg to differ and his name is Adrian Peterson.
During his time at Oklahoma, Peterson rushed for 4,306 yards and 41 touchdowns in just three seasons. He was the seventh overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and it has worked very well for the Minnesota Vikings.
Right now, there is a running back in the college football world that is drawing a lot of attention as one of the best running backs in college history. LSU running back Leonard Fournette has captivated the attention of all the NFL scouts and many fans have already coined him as the number one pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
There has even been discussion of Fournette sitting out his junior season in 2016 to prepare for the Draft and avoid the risk of injury. While he could be making history by winning the Heisman Trophy this season, staying back for one more season to possibly make history by winning a second straight Heisman and breaking Barry Sanders’s single-season NCAA rushing record.
Without a doubt, if Fournette could come out of college this year, any team would be willing to use a number one pick on him in the Draft. So what exactly makes him the best running back prospect since Peterson?
You have to look at simply the feat he accomplished today against South Carolina. While he didn’t go for 200 yards for the fourth straight game, he did go over 1,000 yards in just five games, making him the tenth man to do so in NCAA history joining greats like Marcus Allen and Garrett Wolfe
In just five games, he is just eleven yards short of his 2014 rushing yards total of 1,034. Fournette has a chance to do something an LSU running back hasn’t done since Billy Cannon in 1959 and that is win the Heisman.
Despite the unimaginable rushing yard total this year, Fournette’s unbelievable ability to break tackles and power over defenders is one why he can be a top five pick in the Draft. Fournette has a chance to show the entire football world why running backs still matter.
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